As I get older, I’m starting to dislike the term “boyfriend” more and more. Especially when I’m referring to my boyfriend in a professional setting, it just sounds so juvenile to me.
Because in reality, my boyfriend is much more and much different than a boyfriend you’d have as a teenager. We live together, we own a dog together, we split bills and grocery shop together. We’re married without the rings and the wedding.
We’ve been in a relationship for almost 5 years and “boyfriend” just doesn’t seem to do the relationship justice.
What are my options? Get engaged and call him my fiancé and then get married and call him my husband? But we’re in no rush to tie the knot, and getting married would mean much more than the official title of husband and wife.
I guess we could go with “partner” but I don’t even like that. Sounds too official, even though we are official.
It definitely highlights the weird period of time I’m in. I have friends who are single, I have friends who have husbands, I have friends about to have babies, I have friends with fiancés, and I still have friends who call their significant others their boyfriends!
I wish there was an in-between kind of word to describe my relationship and even the time of life I’m in, but then again, I’m fine with not rolling with the “standards” of society.